Board of Directors


Charlie Clappis | Huu-Ay-Aht First Nation

Charlie is a member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations who are located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He is in his second term as a Board Member of the Tech Council. Coming from a semi-remote community of Bamfield his passion is in increasing connectivity and capacity building for First Nations. He is very proud of being a part of this passionate team and is excited for what the future holds. Charlie believes strongly in what technology can do to support First Nations communities in achieving success.


Ryan Day

Bio coming soon!


Jesse Nicholas | Akisq’nuk First Nation

Jesse Nicholas As a board member of the First Nations Technology Council since 2014, Jesse Nicholas has incorporated the teachings his father who served as Chief of Columbia Lake Band for 12 years, and his own time as an elected Councilor to reinforce the 4 major mandates the FNTC has to First Nations communities in BC. In addition to his job as the Communication Manager for his home Nation- the Ktunaxa Nation Council, Jesse serves on the Board of Governors at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook.

A member of Akisq’nuk First Nation in Windermere BC, Jesse currently lives in Cranbrook with his wife and son.

Board Member

Bill Cranmer | ‘Namgis First Nation

Bill was born and raised in Alert Bay, BC. – a member of the Namgis First Nation. He served 20 years as elected Chief Councilor of the Namgis First Nation until May 2014, in addition to serving a number of terms on Council. Bill is also a hereditary chief of the Namgis, and is a speaker/master of ceremonies at potlatches. Some organizations that Bill has been proud to serve on are as follows: Native Brotherhood of BC as Secretary Treasurer, Native Fishing Association as Secretary Treasurer, AFN Chief’s Committee on Languages as Chair, First People’s Heritage Language and Culture Council as Chair, and Umista Cultural Society as Chair.

Bill is Presently serving as board member for the following: Mama’omas, a Namgis owned fishing company, President of Kuterra, a Namgis owned land based fish farm, and remains chair of Board for Umista Cultural Center, which houses Potlatch treasures taken from the ʼwakw after arrests and trials for attending Chief Dan Cranmer’s Potlatch in 1921. He is also a member of the Provincial Agriculture Minister’sAdvisory Council on fin fish aquaculture. Bill also established Cormorant Island Services which included marine electronic sales and service, as well as a restaurant in Alert Bay.

Board Member

Jasmine Thomas

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Board Member

Tom Konek

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Janice Parsey

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First Nations Technology Council - COVID 19

Technology is more important than ever to Indigenous peoples. We need access to stay informed, connected and supported. In BC, the majority of First Nations communities don’t have the access required to utilize online platforms that most Canadians are relying on during COVID-19.

We want to hear from you today so that we can collectively advocate for better access to technology now! By answering these questions and sharing your opinion, you will help us to make clear asks to all levels of government and industry in the pursuit of closing the digital divide in this time of crisis. Thank you for participating and making your voice heard.

Please stay healthy. Sending you and your family all my best,